Friday, December 16, 2011

Da Tong Chinese Restaurant, Melbourne CBD by Big Fil

Da Tong seems to have a bit of a superman thing going. By day, a mild mannered Chinatown restaurant providing cheap lunches for business men (and women). By night, it changes into its fancy duds and the meals are much more upmarket (and a bit pricier).

We've only visited the once, for a quick lunchtime meal, but our meals certainly justified a return visit or recommendation for someone looking for a decent meal at a reasonable price. With a variety of selections including drink for $7.50, it's even cheaper than food court food but better than many lower end restaurants in quality.

Our choices de jour were the minced beef with egg and the chicken with onion sauce. While not qualifying as fine dining both serves were very generous and very nicely cooked. Tender beef and chicken, not overpowered by overly strongly flavoured sauces and nice fluffy rice, given the low prices it would have to be one of the best value for money lunches in the city.

The set up is nice, well lit with neutral colours. It's also busy without being full or overly noisy, mainly people enjoying a quiet meal before re-entering the office world. Even service is better than you'd expect with our waiter being attentive, appearing quickly with menu or bill when we were ready to order or pay.

At lunchtimes anyway, not a special occasion place put somewhere you could happily eat a couple of times every week. Good for both the stomach and pocket. In fact, I can feel a team lunch coming on...

Food - 7.5
Ambience - 7.5
Service - 7.5
Price - 8

11-15 Waratah Place
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 9663 9878

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